This is a screencast of what RSS is, how to download an RSS aggregator to Chrome, and how to subscribe and unsubscribe to RSS in your news feed. After creating my screencast, I used Camtasia Studio 8 to edit my video to remove the pauses for my project. Below I have included three ways in which I would use RSS in my classroom.
How would I use RSS news feeds in my classroom?
- There is an added value for teaching social studies while using RSS. Throughout the year, my students are introduced to different cultures around the world. I could use RSS to gain a better understanding of the different cultures we have studied. At the end of each unit, I would have my students search for RSS subscriptions that they can subscribe to. When they are finished with their assignment, I would have them read their news feeds and take notes on each of the cultures we have learned throughout the year. Finally, I would give them the opportunity to choose one of those cultures and create a PowerPoint or Prezi demonstrating what they have learned. See Prezi for more information.
- Another way that I can use RSS news feeds will be in my science classes. I want students to be able to connect to the real world for different science projects that I assign them throughout the year. I will have them find different science RSS subscriptions that demonstrate experiments that they could reproduce for assignments. I have done this, myself, in my classroom with the double stuffed Oreo experiment that a middle school conducted. The students enjoyed connecting what we were learning to contemporary media.
- “A picture is worth a thousand words.” I would add a photo of the day to my RSS feed to share with the whole class. For the first 5 minutes, I would project the image with a projector. I would have my students write a story about the picture, adding as much detail as they can to their story to make the picture come alive. At the end of the five minutes, I would have the students turn to their partners and share what they have written. Afterward, I would share the story (if available) to the class.